Volunteer in Maldives

Contribute to the development of children on the remote Naifaru island.

With its sparkling coastlines, unique marine species and pristine beaches, the Maldives is what dreams are made of! Come experience authentic island life as you live and work among residents of the Naifaru community. You will play a vital role in the holistic development of children on the island, focusing on cognitive, emotional and physical growth.

Overview

Welcome to the Maldives – an island paradise like no other! This scenic location boasts over 1,000 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls sprinkled across the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. 

A haven for nature lovers and conservationists, the Maldives promises sightings of unique marine species like whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays and more than 1,000 varieties of tropical fish. Five of the seven sea turtle species can also be found here! 

But the true heart of this destination is its people. Experience Maldivian hospitality as you immerse yourself in the local culture, exploring historical landmarks, indulging in mouthwatering cuisine and swaying to the sounds of traditional music.

Our programs

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Volunteer with Children in the Maldives
Location

To the north of Male you will find Naifaru, the capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll. This remote island has over 5,000 inhabitants – primarily Maldivian, with an expat community from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. 

While small, the island has several shops and dining spots for visitors to enjoy, a post office and a bank with an ATM. Its bustling streets are often teeming with life as locals of all ages gather to socialise through conversation, music and spirited card games. 

This vibrant village is also home to our volunteer house, which provides easy access to project sites and is just a two-minute walk from the beach where volunteers can soak up the sun while taking in the ocean view. 

Free time is perfect for exploring the surrounding uninhabited islands, snorkelling, swimming or paddle boarding. And if it’s a taste of city life you’re craving, Male is where you want to be. Wander through its iconic streets and colourful markets or visit historic sites like the Old Friday Mosque. 

Programs

We offer two programs in the Maldives: one to assist in childhood development and another for sea turtle conservation. Volunteers for both programs will be located on Naifaru island. 

As a participant in our childhood development program, you will focus on providing opportunities for youth engagement through sports, education and environmental awareness. 

Working closely with the Naifaru community, you will become an integral part of the local school network as you assist teachers with kindergarten classes. Your role will also  involve planning and implementing extracurricular activities like sporting events for students.

Volunteers in our childhood development program will also participate in some coastal conservation activities at our floating marine centre where sick and injured sea turtles are rehabilitated. This unique sea enclosure is five metres deep and nine metres wide, providing sufficient room for resident turtles to move around while being monitored by a team of marine biologists. 

During your time here, you will take resident turtles on rehabilitation swims, clean tanks, collect seagrass for resident green turtles and join efforts to keep local beaches clean. 

FAQs

Which languages are commonly spoken in the Maldives?

English is the main language spoken on the island.

What is the weather like in the Maldives?

Expect hot weather with minimal sea breeze. Rainy season occurs from April to November. 

Are accommodation upgrades available?

Yes. An accommodation upgrade to a private room is available at a partner guest house at an extra charge, depending on availability.

How can I prioritise health and safety?

Stay hydrated, bring reef-safe sunscreen and use mosquito repellent without DEET. Be cautious about consuming food and beverages from unhygienic sources to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

How can I stay in touch with people back home?

Wi-Fi is available at the accommodation. It’s suitable for messaging, emailing and basic internet use. We recommend downloading movies/music/series in advance as the Wi-Fi may not support streaming. 

What activities can I do in my free time?

Participate in a variety of activities, including snorkelling, volleyball, trivia, games and community events. Scuba diving and paddle boarding is available at an extra cost.